Shonda Rhimes Leaving ABC for Netflix

As demonstrated two weeks ago, Shonda Rhimes is one of the most influential and popular producers in television. For several years, she has headlined a series of prime time dramas on Disney-owned ABC, including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. And now, she’s leaving the network for Netflix. All this as Disney announces plans to cut ties with Netflix and start up its own streaming service. Here’s my take. This is good news for Disney, and it’s good news for me as a shareholder. Let me explain why…

Rhymes couldn’t care less about wholesome family entertainment, which Walt Disney set his sights on ever since he started the company with his brother Roy and their business partner Ub Iwerks in 1923. She makes a ton of money, but absolutely hates conservative individuals. She took advantage of that hate, and used many of her shows to spit out some of the worst propaganda to ever hit the airwaves in terms of scripted programming. That’s perhaps the biggest mistake you could make in the network television business. As also noted, she thought she could win an audience with this kind of vulgar, in-your-face activism disguised as storytelling. It doesn’t matter which side of the political spectrum you belong to, never should you alienate an audience like that while working on a scripted show.

The point is that Shonda Rhimes, the media, and the Hollywood left just don’t get it. They have little to no knowledge of what the average person in flyover country is entertained by, or what makes characters relatable to them. They don’t like farmland, or the countryside, or any place in Suburbia. Neither do they care about support of our military, Hallmark cards, football, outdoor grilling, apple pie, the list goes on and on. They don’t like Middle America. Worse yet, they want to destroy it – and even worse, they want to make it more like Venezuela or the European Union. They expect us to listen to them and change our ways to reflect the changing times. We won’t.

Shonda Rhimes’ audience is now minuscule, and that’s exactly why this move to Netflix is fitting. She doesn’t like the American heartland, and the heartland doesn’t like her back. Neither do Disney traditionalists. Please don’t think that everyone at Disney thinks like Shonda Rhimes. They don’t. Not the animators, not most of the Disney Legends, not even most of the cast members (employees) or guests at the theme parks. I’ve been a Disney fan all my life, and always will be. I don’t want to change it, except do all I can as a shareholder to make sure the company restores its reputation and image as a wholesome, pro-American family company. The way it has been and needs to always be.

To borrow from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin, Shonda has phenomenal cosmic powers but itty bitty living space. That’s what happens when a woman as successful as she has been crosses the line into hate, and in the process alienates so many people over the years.

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